Fred White’s brother and Earth, Wind & Fire bandmate, Verdine White, confirmed the sad news on Instagram. He wrote on Monday: “Dearest Family Friends and Fans…Our family is saddened today with the lack of a tremendous and talented member of the family, our beloved brother Frederick Eugene ‘Freddie’ White.
“He joins our brothers Maurice, Monte and Ronald in heaven and is now drumming with the angels!
“Child protégé, member of the EWF ORIGINAL 9, with gold records on the young age of 16 years old! He was brother number 4 within the family lineup.
“But greater than that at home and beyond he was the wonderful bro that was at all times entertaining and delightfully mischievous! And we could at all times count on him to make a seemingly bad situation more light hearted!
“He’ll live in our hearts perpetually, rest in power beloved Freddie!! We thanks all in your love, blessings and support at the moment. Soar high baby bro, we love you to the shining [stars] and back!” (sic)
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Tributes from Fred’s famous friends and fans flooded the comments. Leading them was Lenny Kravitz who said: “Sending my love and deepest condolences to you and the family.
“I used to be blessed to have been in his presence and blessed to have been influenced by him. A real king. Rest in power.”
Drummer Cindy Blackman, who has performed with the likes of Lenny and Joss Stone, added: “So saddened by your loss and sending you like!”
And actor Dule Hill wrote: “Sending love [to] you brother.”
Maurice died on February 4 2016 aged 75 from the consequences of Parkinson’s disease.
Together with Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice was posthumously bestowed with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on February 15 the identical yr.
On the ceremony Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix performed a rendition of That is the Way of the World in tribute to Maurice.
The band has won seven Grammy Awards and 4 American Music Awards.
Additionally they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995.